In the light of the apparently systemic nature and magnitude of the problem, and the importance of public confidence in any inquiry, I urge the authorities to consider calling for an international inquiry. An international element would help the authorities address the problems in the system of detention in an impartial and objective way.
The mistreated detainees were found by US troops in an underground bunker near the Interior Ministry's compound in Baghdad and Sunni Arab politicians have alleged that Shiite militias are to blame. Reuters has more.
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